HC Deb 31 January 1940 vol 356 c1169W
Sir R. Gower

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of the increasing value to foremen in the dockyard of having the assistance of skilled and experienced writers who can carry out such duties as circulating, docketing, and keeping in safe custody all documents and drawings which may pass through their offices; and whether, in these circumstances, he will make arrangements for these men to be retained in that occupation and be given advancement in it rather than to oblige them to seek advancement through other channels?

Mr. Shakespeare

These employés form part of the general body of mechanics in the dockyards. They are not intended to be employed permanently in office appointments, and I am not satisfied that it would be in the interests either of the Service or the men themselves to be retained indefinitely on office work. A claim which has recently been made on their behalf for increased pay whilst they are employed on writing duties is under consideration.